Panthertown Valley

Cashiers, North Carolina

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This 4.6-mile combination trail (a 2.8-mile loop with an out-and-back spur; the spur is .9 each way) is a great introduction to the interior of Panthertown Valley. Mostly level, moderately technical, and a lot of fun to ride, this trail follows a jeep road, doubletrack, singletrack, and a grassy logging road as it rolls through rare southern Appalachian bog and swamp forest-bog complexes. A couple of small creek crossings, sand bogs, and rocky terrain make this a great ride for beginners to practice technical skills. A great trail network, campsites, a shelter, waterfalls, and incredible scenery combine to make this a great weekend getaway. Often called the "Yosemite of the East;" so bring a camera.
Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains

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Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains

by Steve Jones (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 4.6-mile combination trail (a 2.8-mile loop with an out-and-back spur; the spur is .9 each way) is a great introduction to the interior of Panthertown Valley. Mostly level, moderately technical, and a lot of fun to ride, this trail follows a jeep road, doubletrack, singletrack, and a grassy logging road as it rolls through rare southern Appalachian bog and swamp forest-bog complexes.

A couple of small creek crossings, sand bogs, and rocky terrain make this a great ride for beginners to practice technical skills. A great trail network, campsites, a shelter, waterfalls, and incredible scenery combine to make this a great weekend getaway. Often called the "Yosemite of the East;" so bring a camera.

©  Steve Jones/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Cashiers
Distance: 4.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Summer and fall are best.
Local Contacts: Highlands Ranger District, 828-526-3765.
Local Maps: Nantahala National Forest map. Call Highlands Ranger District office for detailed trails of the entire valley.
Topo Map: Panthertown Valley Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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